Youth Week

BC Youth Week is a provincial celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May. It is a week of fun and interactive celebration intended to build a strong connection between young people and their communities and to profile the issues, accomplishments, and diversity of youth across the province.

Of course this is a big week for us at the Abbotsford Youth Commission! We look forward to #BCYW2022! All our plans are below... all the events this year are FREE!

Youth Week Events May 1 – 7 2022


Sun. May 1st, 2022

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022

Time: 3-4:30pm

Location: MRC Ice Arena (3106 Clearbrook Road)

Ages: 12-18

Details: Tell Us You’re Coming for a chance to win a Prize!!! Fill out this form or DM us on Instagram @abbyyouth with your name and a song suggestion for the youth skate. Must be at the event to win!

Lace up and skate into spring for a chance to get some free BC Youth Week Swag!!

Registration: No registration required! But tell us you're coming for a chance to win a prize!

Partnering with: The City of Abbotsford

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022

Time: 3-5 pm

Location: MRC Youth Centre (3106 Clearbrook Road)

Ages: All!

Details: Wonder about our free drop-in Youth Centres? Are they safe? Will my child like it? What type of activities are there? Caregivers and youth are invited to meet our amazing staff and see what we have to offer. Free youth drop-in happens every day after school at ARC and MRC for youth ages 12-18.

Registration: No registration required!

Mon. May 2nd, 2022

Date: Monday, May 2, 2022

Time: 3-4pm

Location: MRC Youth Centre (3106 Clearbrook Road)

Ages: 12-18

Details: Come get creative with your crazy cookie decorating skills! Whether you’re artistic, hungry, or just like cookies…this activity is for YOU!

Registration: No registration required!

Date: Monday, May 2, 2022

Time: 2:30-3:30 pm

Location: ARC Youth Centre (2499 McMillan Road)

Ages: 12-18

Details: Who doesn’t love popcorn?! Swing by our outdoor ARC Youth Centre patio for a free popcorn snack and then pop into our Youth Centre for more fun!

Registration: No registration required!

Tues. May 3rd, 2022

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Time: 3-4:30pm

Location: MRC Youth Centre (3106 Clearbrook Road)

Ages: 12-18

Details: Are you our next Card Game Champion?! If you are, you’ll get a prize! We have the classics and the new card games!

Registration: No registration required!

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Time: 3:30-4:30pm

Location: ARC Youth Centre (2499 McMillan Rd)

Ages: 12-18

Details: Do you have what it takes to take home the win!?! We’ve got prizes and bragging rights to give away at this three-point contest! All levels of basketball skill are welcome.

Registration: No registration required!


Wed. May 4th, 2022

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Time: 2:30-3:00pm

Location: MRC Youth Centre (3106 Clearbrook Rd)

Ages: 12-18

Details: Come for the free Munchie Mix snack and stay for the Madness!

Registration: No registration required!

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Time: 3:00-4:30pm

Location: ARC Youth Centre (2499 McMillan Rd)

Ages: 12-18

Details: Challenge your friends and other gamers to see who the ultimate Super Smash champion is!

Registration: No registration required!

Thurs. May 5th, 2022

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022

Time: 3:00-4:30pm

Location: MRC Youth Centre (3106 Clearbrook Rd)

Ages: 12-18

Details: Challenge your friends and other gamers to see who the ultimate Super Mario Kart champion is!

Registration: No registration required!

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022

Time: 5-7pm

Location: ARC Youth Centre (2499 McMillan)

Ages: 12-18

Details: Lights! Lasers! Action! Have a blast while you beat your opponents through barriers in the ARC Gym! The ARC Youth Centre will be open for concession and hanging out to catch your breath between games!

Registration: No registration required! But tell us you're coming to save your spot!

In partnership with: The City of Abbotsford

Thurs. May 5th, 2022 (Con't)

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022

Time: 5-7pm

Location: ARC Youth Centre (2499 McMillan Rd)

Ages: All!

Details: Wonder about our free drop-in Youth Centres? Are they safe? Will my child like it? What type of activities are there? Caregivers and youth are invited to meet our amazing staff and see what we have to offer. Free youth drop-in happens every day after school at ARC and MRC for youth ages 12-18.

Registration: No registration required!

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022

Time: 11:30am-1:30pm

Location: Banter Ice Cream at Jubilee Park

For who: Local youth workers!

Details: We want to thank our amazing Youth Workers by hosting an ice-cream social at Banter! Check our website and social media for upcoming details! (First 50 youth workers receive free ice cream!)

Registration: No registration required!


Fri. May 6th, 2022

Date: Friday, May 6, 2022

Time: 3:30-4:30pm

Location: MRC Youth Centre (3106 Clearbrook Rd) and ARC Youth Centre (2499 McMillan Rd.)

Ages: 12-18

Details: Are you a movie buff? Do you think you know your movies? Come test out your knowledge and win some prizes.

Registration: No registration required!

Sat. May 7th, 2022

Date: Saturday, May 7th, 2022

Time: 9am-12pm

Location:The Abbotsford Famers Market at Jubilee Park

Ages: Everyone!

Details: Bring your family and play some lawn games and contribute to the Celebrate Youth Booth hosted by the Abbotsford Youth Commissions’ amazing Youth Leadership Team before supporting local businesses at the market!

Registration: Free! No registration required!

Date: Saturday, May 7th, 2022

Time: 2-4pm

Location: ARC Skate Park (2499 McMillan Rd.)

Ages: 12-18

Details: Grab your skateboards and scooters and head down to the ARC Skate Park to join Replay, the City of Abbotsford, and the Abbotsford Youth Commission! There will be music and prizes!

Registration: Free! No registration required!

In partnership with: The City of Abbotsford

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History of BC Youth Week: In 1995, a small group of local municipal planners and youth recreation leaders in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia stumbled across an idea they thought might be an interesting little project. At first, discussions revolved around the idea of organizing a Youth Day. However, this was not big enough for the ambitious group, so they decided to make it an entire week. Thus Youth Week was born. It began with a small handful of municipalities launching a new and exciting initiative to promote partnerships with youth, adults, businesses, government, schools and the media – A Celebration of Youth.

Mission Statement: The BC Youth Week Committee engages individuals throughout BC to collaborate and support each other. We create opportunities that empower youth to be heard, recognized, and celebrated.

Check out the BC Youth Week website to see what is happening all over BC this year!

Youth Week has become an international celebration to promote awareness of youth. It is an opportunity for people around the world to learn about, and from, the youth of their community. During May 1st to 7th, youth in BC will embrace the spirit of Youth Week by participating in activities and events organized by youth for youth, while honoring and celebrating their diversity and their many contributions in their communities.

Youth Week events have included youth award ceremonies, advocacy campaigns, service projects, entertainment events, sporting competitions, educational forums, and other events to showcase, educate and empower youth in our communities. More information, including a sample of the activities that take place during BC Youth Week, can be found on the events listing page.

Wherever Youth Week is celebrated, the idea behind it is the same: Young people are important and need to be recognized in a constructive and positive manner. Their contributions need to be acknowledged and celebrated. Mark your calendar and support youth in your community